St. Monica Catholic School follows a Catholic Liberal Arts model which teaches students how to learn by presenting material based on their grade and particular interests, in an engaging and relevant fashion. Instead of providing disconnected facts, figures, and phonics, classical education encourages curiosity and context, connecting ideas so children can become independent thinkers. For example, a lesson on Galileo would be applied to history, grammar, science and even math, seamlessly, allowing students a broad context that will enhance their comprehension and knowledge base. This educational vision was developed by the Catholic Church and was the gold standard of formation for centuries. Education in this deep and comprehensive sense extends beyond the classroom and is more than just the acquisition of skills.
One key component of our curriculum is our classical time period. Each grade focuses on a specific era in history. They are as follows:
- Kindergarten – The Cradle of Civilization Year
- First Grade – The Greek Year
- Second Grade – The Roman Year
- Third Grade – The Medieval Year
- Fourth Grade – The Modern Year and Washington State History
- Fifth Grade – The American Year
- Sixth Grade – The Ancient Year
- Seventh Grade – The Medieval Year and Washington State History
- Eighth Grade – The Modern Year
- HOW IS A “CLASSICAL” CURRICULUM DIFFERENT FROM WHAT THEY’RE DOING IN OTHER SCHOOLS?
- CLASSICAL VERSUS SECULAR
- WHAT IS OUR MISSION AT ST. MONICA CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND THE ULTIMATE MISSION OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION?
- HOW DOES A CATHOLIC CLASSICAL LIBERAL MODEL OF EDUCATION SUPPORT OUR MISSION?
- WHAT IS UNIQUE TO THE CATHOLIC LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION METHODOLOGY?
- WHAT ARE THE PROVEN RESULTS OF A CATHOLIC LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION REGARDING ACADEMICS?
- WHAT ARE OTHER TESTAMENTS TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY AND MODEL?
- HOW DOES THE FOCUS ON CATHOLIC LIBERAL EDUCATION AFFECT HOW STEM SUBJECTS ARE INTEGRATED?
- WHAT IS ST. MONICA’S APPROACH TO HOMEWORK IN LIGHT OF A CATHOLIC LIBERAL EDUCATION?